Weekly Wire: July 19, 2019

Weekly Wire: July 19, 2019

The Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter is a compendium of news, actions, and resources considered to be of interest or relevance to the breastfeeding field. The newsletter aims to support the USBC's mission "To drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States." Included items are submitted for consideration or identified by the USBC e-news team via extensive online review. Whenever possible, the newsletter utilizes language directly from the primary source of an item without additional analysis or edits. In some cases, the USBC offers additional perspectives through the "USBC Insights," media and partner highlights, and the "News & Views" section. Inclusion of an item in the e-newsletter does not imply endorsement or support by the USBC of an item or organization, unless specifically noted.

In this Issue:

  • USBC Updates
    • Small Airport Mothers' Rooms Act Joint Letter Delivered
    • Welcome New Members Breastfeeding Hawai'i and Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition
    • Shop for National Breastfeeding Month
  • International News
    • ​World Breastfeeding Week 2019 Social Media Folder, summarized from WABA
  • National News​
    • Report on Child Separations at the Border, summarized from Congress
    • Paid Family Leave Issue Brief, summarized from CAP
    • Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act Signed Into Law, summarized from Congress
  • State/Community News​
    • Article on Breastfeeding and Infant Mortality, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine 
  • Equity Lens​
    • Healthy Equity Report and Webinar, summarized from NASEM
    • Asylum Eligibility Public Comment Opportunity, summarized from DOJ/DHS
  • Collective Impact Connection
    • Article on Relationships and Community Engagement, summarized from Tamarack
    • Tool for Capturing Results, summarized from Tamarack
  • News & Views

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USBC Updates

Small Airport Mothers' Rooms Act Joint Letter Delivered

The USBC has delivered a joint letter to Representative Carol Miller (WV-3) in support of the Small Airport Mothers' Rooms (SAMR) Act of 2019 (H.R. 3362). The SAMR Act would amend last year's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill to require small hub airports to provide a private, non-bathroom space in each terminal for mothers to express breast milk. The space must be accessible to persons with disabilities, available in each terminal building after the security checkpoint, and include a place to sit, a table or other flat surface, and an electrical outlet. The bill would also require small airports to provide a baby changing table in at least one men's and at least one women's restroom in each passenger terminal building. These requirements are already in place for large and medium hub airports through the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act. Representative Miller introduced the SAMR Act and is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The letter was signed by 27 international, national, and tribal organizations and 33 regional, state, and local organizations. Thank you to all our partners who signed on!

Welcome New Members Breastfeeding Hawai'i and Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition

Breastfeeding Hawai'i is a new coalition member of the USBC whose mission is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding "through the education of and collaboration with professionals involved in maternal-child health." Breastfeeding Hawai'i began its journey in 1990 as a journal club for lactation consultants and has evolved into a 501(c)3 organization that provides continuing education opportunities for professionals in the field of lactation, is active in breastfeeding legislation, and is working with their community to establish milk depots across the state. Learn more about their work.

The Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition is a new coalition member of the USBC whose mission is to "improve the health of all residents of Indiana by working collaboratively to promote, support, and protect breastfeeding and human milk as the preferred food for infants in Indiana." This state breastfeeding coalition works to bring local coalitions together in their state to share best practices, improve local resources, and articulate a statewide breastfeeding agenda with a collective voice. In addition, the IBC strives to improve breastfeeding education of health care professionals and has played a vital role in increasing the number of Baby Friendly hospitals in their state. Learn more about their work.

Shop for National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month (NBM)! Visit the USBC's online store to find t-shirts, hoodies, posters, banners, postcards, and stickers showcasing the 2019 NBM theme, Support Changes Everything. Explore the full range of products—there's plenty of time to order before August!

International News

World Breastfeeding Week 2019 Social Media Folder, summarized from WABA

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has published the "#WBW2019 Social Media Kit." The kit includes promotional material for World Breastfeeding Week, social media activities for the week, and a pledge map. World Breastfeeding Week will take place Thursday, August 1, through Wednesday, August 7, with the theme Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding.

National News

Report on Child Separations at the Border, summarized from Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Reform has published a report titled "Child Separations by the Trump Administration." The report is based on subpoenas that were served to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The preliminary findings of the report are that the child separations are more harmful and chaotic than previously known, the Administration has not been candid about its purpose, and that child separations continue to take place. The report found that at least 18 infants and toddlers under two years old were taken away from their parents at the border and kept apart for 20 days to half a year. The Committee will continue to analyze additional information produced from DHS, HHS, and DOJ and will consider additional investigative steps to fully evaluate the damage caused by this policy.

USBC Insight: The USBC's Statement on Unlawful Separation of Children and Families at the Border affirms our strong stance on the need for nations to preserve dignity through humane treatment of vulnerable children and families.

Paid Family Leave Issue Brief, summarized from CAP

The Center for American Progress has released a new issue brief titled "Paid Family and Medical Leave Must Be Comprehensive to Help Workers and Their Children." The brief includes new data analysis of the Department of Labor's 2012 Family and Medical Leave Act survey and highlights the many purposes for which workers use leave while caring for young children or elderly relatives.

Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act Signed Into Law, summarized from Congress

The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 has been signed into law. The bill reauthorizes certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes. The bill strengthens and supports public health emergency funds, improves the nation's health security strategy, strengthens preparedness and response, bolsters the country's emergency response workforce, prioritizes a threat-based approach, and increases communication in medical countermeasure advanced research and development, among numerous other provisions. Highlights from the field include:

USBC Insight: Local, state, and federal agencies play a key role in emergency preparedness. It is essential that preparedness and response policies apply a health equity lens to ensure health disparities are not exacerbated during and in the aftermath of disasters. Learn more about infant and young child feeding in emergencies.

State/Community News

Article on Breastfeeding and Infant Mortality, summarized from Breastfeeding Medicine 

The Journal Breastfeeding Medicine has published an article titled "Associations Between Breastfeeding Initiation and Infant Mortality in an Urban Population." The article details a study on associations between breastfeeding and infant mortality in an urban population with high infant mortality and low breastfeeding rates. The study found that initiation of breastfeeding was significantly associated with reductions in overall infant mortality, neonatal mortality, and infection-related deaths and concluded that breastfeeding promotion, protection, and support should be an integral strategy of infant mortality reduction initiatives. Open access to the article is available through Tuesday, July 23. Breastfeeding Medicine also published a guest editorial on the study titled "Breastfeeding and Infant Mortality in the United States: A Tennessee Snapshot Is a Call to Action."

Equity Lens

Healthy Equity Report and Webinar, summarized from NASEM

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Thursday, July 25, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET for a webinar titled "Report Release: Vibrant and Healthy Kids." The webinar will include the release of the new NASEM report "Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity." The report applies neurobiological and socio-behavioral sciences to identify needed policy actions, program development, practice changes, systems reform, and research priorities to advance health equity. The webinar will include an overview of the report and discussion of the report's findings, conclusions, recommendations, and key messages.

Asylum Eligibility Public Comment Opportunity, summarized from DOJ/DHS

The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have issued a public comment opportunity titled "Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications." The DOJ and DHS are adopting an interim final rule governing asylum claims in the context of aliens* who enter or attempt to enter the United States across the southern land border after failing to apply for protection from persecution or torture while in a third country through which they transited en route to the United States. Pursuant to statutory authority, the Departments are amending their respective regulations to provide that, with limited exceptions, an alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border after failing to apply for protection in a third country outside the alien's country of citizenship, nationality, or last lawful habitual residence through which the alien transited en route to the United States is ineligible for asylum. 

USBC Insight: The USBC does not condone the use of the word "alien" to describe people immigrating to the US. This word is included solely because it was in the public comment notice published in the Federal Register.

Collective Impact Connection

Article on Relationships and Community Engagement, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has published a blog post titled "7 Steps to Repair Relationships For Stronger Community Engagement." The author includes links to tools for building trust, developing relationships, designing authentic processes, and other steps for repairing relationships with communities.

Tool for Capturing Results, summarized from Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute has released a tool titled the "Capturing Results Worksheet." The worksheet can help individuals understand why capturing and sharing results is important, synthesize the activities that took place as they engaged their communities, and analyze what worked and what they would do differently next time.

News & Views

National WIC Association blog: "Weekly WIC Policy Update"

Federal News Network: "Paid family leave, plus 5 other things civilian feds should know about the NDAA"

NIH News Release: "Extinct human species likely breast fed for up to a year after birth"

The State of Obesity: "How WIC Gives Children a Healthy Start, Preventing Obesity in Early Childhood"

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